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  • Saturday, March 08, 2008

    Right Wing Fanatics Hate Rape Victims

    Yet more from Wisconsin. Pure coincidence that Wisconsin gets so much attention this week.

    Sometimes the disgusting meanness of Right Wing Republicans just amazes me. It seems that in Wisconsin there was a bi-partisan bill that guarantees that medically accurate information is given to rape victims by the doctors who treat them, and ensures that if they ask for emergency contraception, it will be provided. The bill has passed both state houses and is headed for the Governor's desk. But this really shows how we still have to work hard to root out this kind of right wing fanaticism in America.

    This comes from the Wisconsin Democratic Party:

    Kapanke Rejects Compassionate Care for Rape Victims…Again

    Senator votes against bi-partisan rape victim's bill for 3rd time

    Madison - Senator Dan Kapanke Thursday voted against the "Compassionate Care for Rape Victims Bill" for a third time in his short career in the State Senate. In doing so, he was one of only 6 Senators to vote against this bi-partisan legislation, which passed even the Republican controlled Assembly by a vote of 61-35.

    "It's pretty sad to see Senator Kapanke and the far right playing partisan games with the victims of these horrible crimes," said Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker. "Fortunately this time there was enough bi-partisan support to prevent him from killing the bill."

    Kapanke has a long history of toeing the radical right's line on opposing compassionate care. In 2007 he was one of only 6 Senators to oppose this bill. Worse still, in 2005 Kapanke used his vote to ban the Senate from even taking a vote on the issue.

    "The people of the 32nd district have to ask themselves if they really want a Senator who claims to be a moderate, but then takes right-wing stands on the most important issues," continued Decker. "I have a feeling we'll get that answer in November."

    The bill, which now moves on to the Governor's desk, guarantee's that medically accurate information is given to rape victims by the doctors who treat them, and ensures that if they ask for emergency contraception, it will be provided.

    The race to replace Kapanke will be a top priority for Senate Democrats this election cycle! Stay tuned for more information on how you can help.


    Rather than stay tuned, I added Tara Johnson, the Democrat running against Kapanke, to my Wisconsin Act Blue list, for those who want to donate to defeat this right wing fanatic.

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